Sunday, April 9, 2006

BigBand and Concurrent Partner on Network DVR Solution

BigBand Networks and Concurrent announced an interoperable solution for network-based time shifting, which offers subscribers DVR-like control over live programming. The companies said their solution for time-shifting has recently been deployed by a major North American cable operator.

The BigBand BMR (Broadband Multimedia-Service Router) acquires and processes live VBR (variable bit rate) feeds, replicating and clamping them, sending CBR (constant bit rate) versions, necessary for on-demand networking, to the Concurrent Real-Time Catcher. Simultaneously, the BMR transports the live VBR video streams to subscriber set-box boxes via the BigBand BME (Broadband Multimedia Service Edge). The Concurrent Real-Time Catcher transfers content to the MediaMatrix complexes which then streams time-shifted programs, also through the BigBand BME, when demanded by subscriber devices.


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